Crafts and Skills Training
The Craft Club exists to empower children living in the poorest regions of Kampala with hand skills that can help them for the rest of their lives. This club ranges from ages 5 years to 17 years and teaches a variety of skills. The idea is to find a skill that a child os passionate about and combine it with a child’s innate desire to create.
We began with simple bracelet making, a skill we knew the children would enjoy. Within weeks, the children had sold 20 bracelets which empowered them to continue their craft making. The club continues to make clothing, art pieces and jewelry using local and recycled materials.
We hope to continue this project and eventually set up more like it in other parts of Kampala. Do you want to support this project? Please contact us about donating materials or supporting us through buying our crafts.
Since I was a child, I have always loved to create and as a teacher I see the same drive in many young children through art, building, and pretend play. There is an excitement and pride that comes over a child when they discover they can independently create. This emotion is what drove me to start teaching arts and handskills in Uganda. Handskills and crafts are often underestimated but I believe that they can teach more than the skill itself, arts and crafts teach confidence, independence and creativity.
With Tennis for all Uganda we are working with a varied number of ages so the crafts get to be different each week and show each child’s personality. So far we have made two types of bracelets and we are working up to more difficult tasks such as crochet sponges and eventually first aide training on top of crafts.